The Pleasures of the Seasons: Spring
On View In:
Gallery 308
Artist:   Johann Georg Platzer (or Plazer)  
Title:   The Pleasures of the Seasons: Spring  
Date:   c. 1730  
Medium:   Oil on copper  
Dimensions:   15 x 21 1/2 in. (38.1 x 54.61 cm) (panel) 19 3/4 x 26 1/2 in. (50.17 x 67.31 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Mrs. Walter H. Ude  
Location:   Gallery 308  

Spring is evoked by appropriate flowers and by couples engaging in uninhibited and playful dalliance. Festive musicians accompany the dancing couple at the center, and sculpted putti cavort on a large urn. In the left foreground, lovemaking is more urgent, as a young couple embrace below a sculpture showing Venus crowned by Cupid. Venus, the goddess of love, is traditionally associated with springtime.

Name:   Platzer (or Plazer), Johann Georg  
Nationality:   Austrian  
Life Dates:   Austrian, 1704 - 1760  

Object Description  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Allegory. Rococo. Spring represented by scene showing human activity, usually in a landscape.  
Creation Place:   Europe, Austria, , ,  
Accession #:   61.37  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts